DuPont Benzene Lawsuit Scheduled for Trial in February 2013
A Texas judge will hear opening arguments in February 2013 for a benzene exposure lawsuit filed against DuPont and several other companies.
According to court documents, Lee Bertrand and his wife Sally filed a lawsuit naming DuPont and 12 other companies in Jefferson County, Texas in March 2011. The lawsuit claims that while Mr. Bertrand was employed as an independent contractor for DuPont, he was repeatedly exposed to benzene products, which caused him to develop renal cell carcinoma of the kidneys.
The Bertrands allege that DuPont and the other named defendants, which include Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil and PPG Industries, negligently exposed workers to benzene and other carcinogenic compounds. The couple is suing for an unspecified amount of punitive and exemplary damages.
A district court judge set a mediation deadline for July 15, 2012. The discovery cutoff date was set for December 1, 2012, with the trial scheduled to go ahead in February 2013.
The Bertrands’ lawsuit joins the thousands of others filed on behalf of workers who say they were exposed to benzene in the workplace. Benzene claims are currently pending against Chevron, BP, Gulf Oil and a number of other companies.
Benzene is a byproduct of petroleum processing and the incidence of exposure is relatively high among oil and gasoline workers and other individuals who work in certain industrial settings. Exposure to benzene has been linked to a number of serious and in some cases, fatal, conditions including several forms of leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma and hematologic cancers.
Victims like Mr. Bertrand who are stricken with cancer after being exposed to benzene typically face a significant decrease in their quality of life. In addition to their physical and emotional pain and suffering, they may also face financial devastation in the face of mounting medical bills combined with a loss of income.
If you or a loved one developed cancer that you believe is linked to previous benzene exposure, your first priority should be contacting an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. You may be able to seek damages for your injuries but only if you take the proper steps to protect your rights.
The law firm of Nadrich & Cohen LLP specializes in assisting victims of benzene exposure and their families in all 50 states. We will work hard to prove your claim and we are committed to getting you the full amount of compensation you deserve. Your free initial case evaluation is available by calling 1-800-722-0765. Remember, there is never a fee unless we recover a judgment on your behalf. Call now to put our team of benzene injury specialists to work for you.